There’s nothing like the feeling of being IN your Oracle Database with just a few keystrokes..

And blammo!

I am SO ready to SELECT * FROM EMPLOYEES; right now…

Did you know that SQLcl is available for you in our OCI networks?

After generating myself a set of SSH keys, I was easily able to login to my new Oracle Linux 7.7 environment and get a Bash prompt.

To get started working with an Oracle Database, I need to get SQLcl. I don’t have to download it from with a Single Sign On, I can simply grab it via rpm or yum.

yum install sqlcl

There’s a dependency on Oracle Java 8, so if you don’t have that already, don’t freak out if you see a much bigger payload than SQLcl by itself.

If I’ve created an Oracle Database somewhere, I could connect right away, but I want to work with Oracle Autonomous.

I’ve taken advantage of the Always Free option for an Autonomous Database and created and instance of one of those.

I want to connect to my DB with SQLcl, so I need that Wallet.

Any connections to Autonomous Database Serverless require SSL, whether you’re on a private VCN or coming in from the public Internet, so I’m going to grab that zip.

I’m lazy, and I like GUis, so I use a ssh client (CyberDuck) to move my Zip file up to my Infrastructure box.

Now SQLcl can use my wallet to negotiate the SSL

I’m pretty sure there’s a developer SDK and a REST API available for OCI that lets you grab that w/o jumping through a browser, but that’s a brand new post by for now, quick and dirty GUI it is.

Some cool things to digest here…

Tricks to be keen about…

  • set cloudconfig
  • show tns

That set command loads up the SQLNet and TNSNames .ora files for your session. The show tns gives you a listing of the TNS entries available for a connection.

And now I can start playing with my data.

json-formatted is a new sqlformat available in SQLcl.

And of course I can go play with that same data in SQL Developer Web…no wallet required.

Autonomous ORDS/SQL Developer Web upgrade is rolling out.

I put my Always Free Autonomous TP instance in Ashburn, and it’s already running the ORDS 19.3 bits. 19.3 is rolling out to all the data centers in OCI, so if you still see 19.2.1 in yours, don’t freak out.

No net new features from 19.2.1 to 19.3, just bug fixes.

19.4 is on its way…soon.

New screens for Creating/Managing USERS (rest enabling them!) and loading CSV/Excel data to net new tables.

User Management – create, edit users, give roles, REST enable them, get their REST API base URLs…

And for data loading…drag and drop your stuff directly to a worksheet for a new table.

We’ll look at the incoming stream of data, and best-guess the column definitions for you. Failed rows are logged to an error table so you can fix them up later.

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  1. Hi,
    Is there any chance sqlcl will be also available through public yum network?

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